[Wellington-pm] Next meeting, etc
jarich at perltraining.com.au
Sun Feb 8 05:49:12 PST 2009
Grant McLean wrote:
> 1) Next meeting: February 10th
> I'm thrilled to confirm that Jacinta Richardson and Paul Fenwick will
> be visiting Wellington in February and are going to come and talk to
> us about something (as yet unspecified).
We're thrilled to be coming. But this is no longer unspecified.
6:00pm Tuesday 10 February 2008
Level 3, Catalyst House
150 Willis Street
(http://wellington.pm.org/ includes map link)
An Illustrated History of Failure
The average individual is given little scope for failure, at least not
the type that really matters. The opportunity for catastrophic failure,
that influences nations or continents, has been traditionally reserved
for royalty, parliament, and others in a position of great leadership.
However in recent times we have developed a profession who have the
opportunity to fail like never before. A profession that can make
mistakes that are so monumental, so wide-reaching, and so costly they
can shake civilization to its very core. This elite group, rarely seen
by every day society, are the foundation upon which modern society
depends. The few, the proud, the Software Developers.
Join us for a voyage of discovery, as we travel back through history to
some of the most monumental failures the world has ever seen.
You've been to *those* talks. The kind where the title first drew your
attention, the abstract made you go wow, and you were so excited you
took afront seat. Then the speaker went to their first slide and it was
so full of text (15 bullet points!) and you just knew they were going to
spend the next ten minutes talking about what you've just read in two.
Worse, being up the front, you can't easily leave and it'd be rude to
pull out your laptop...
Don't be one of those speakers. No matter how technically brillant your
talk, it's worth nothing at all if you can't keep your audience
interested. This (short) talk will cover a whole bunch of tricks you
can use to get your audience's attention and keep it. Better yet, if
you use these ideas there's a good chance people will remember *what*
you spoke about and will attend your future talks as well.
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